Critics' choice
© Richard Heald
Herne Hill

That the people behind the light, modern Florence care about beer is obvious from the phenomenal range on offer and the helpful tasting notes on all the pumps. In fact, as the copper vats just beyond the main bar show, they care about it enough to brew their own, and their fruity Dam Tasty Beaver and Bonobo beers are in no way overshadowed by the competition at the bar (Meantime Pale Ale, Duvel Green).

A regularly updated menu (slow-roast lamb, white bean chilli and the like) is well matched by an imaginative wine list. Past the vats, a roomy conservatory with a table football table and an open kitchen leads to a capacious decked terrace and a separate children’s and garden room. Popular with all ages, and deservedly so.

Venue name: Florence
Address: 133 Dulwich Road
SE24 0NG
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-midnight Mon-Thur; 11.30am-1am Fri; 11am-1am Sat; 11am-midnight Sun. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Sat; 11am-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Herne Hill rail

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Sophia D

Pram Central. All right for those with small children, a bit of a nightmare for the rest, at least in daytime.

I'm personally not a fan of their in-house ales, and there's not a great selection of non-mass produced guest ales.

Nigel B

Haven't be to the florence for a while but popped in for dinner yesterday afternoon. One of the reason I stopped going was the menu was always the same. Now there a lot more on offer and very tasty!! I will return.


What a shame! This used to be our favourite local and now we no longer feel welcome. The website claims this pub is dog friendly - and while that has certainly been our experience with all of the wonderful bar and waiting staff - the new manager is not of this opinion. I hope he learns quickly before he turns away many regular customers.


I have been there today with a friend and my 2 tods! Service is very poor. I have asked the waitress to change the slice of orange for my coke with a lemon slice...she digged her hand in my glass, took the slice and brough back by hand the lemon one! Kids menu was not great...fish fingers and fries came with ONLY 1 bourne fish finger and fries for 4 pounds!! Burger was not great too! I found the place dirty + the play area is separate at the back so you cannot see your kids ...and I didn't feel safe to leave my 3 yrs old there to play! Very disappointed...will never go back.


Walking in you could see they knew Something about Beer at the Florence. Three sides of the bar had pumps on, all different. Tried the beaver Ale and it hit the spot. Tasted fresh and clean even though it was cloudy. We decided to get something to eat, it being 8pm on a Sunday the roasts were finished so I went for the chickpea and beetroot burger. As I so often do, I messed with the menu and asked for veg rather than fries but the broccoli was finished so asked for salad, also said no to the goats cheese. I got the fries and the cheese plus salad. The burger itself was nice though once I'd scraped off the cheese. My partner ordered the Haddock and chips and got his mushy peas handed to him half way through the meal by the half apologetic waitress. When he paid, the barman that took the order, asked if the order was right, unfortunately not and we mentioned the 3 mistakes. With this he humbly took 25% of the bill. Beer and food it fine here but a bit over priced maybe. but the service is letting it down by a few careless members of staff. It wasn't like it was busy.


House white Wine taste like potato. Taste like cheap £2 a bottle crap not impressed